Tuesday, July 22, 2014

some (mostly) bast fiber

 this weekend i shall be
teaching at the morgan
first a 2 day paper class (making flax and abaca paper
and making contact/eco prints)
and then next week a 4 day class with aimee
 so i have fiber on my mind,
specifically bast fiber.
above it's some slippery elm.
the leaf and
inner bark
 one hollyhock showed up
a color i love
and it, too, has lovely bast fiber.
 i stripped a small branch
(elm, not hollyhock)
a twig really
and manipulated that fiber
making cordage the way
a skein of women
showed me...
liana in the ancient 80's,
from nalda to india to us at long ridge

i left it stark to show to
our students.
we'll talk about bark.
and textile-book connections.
 this one
is among my favorites.
crossovers between
fiber textile book
i started making some notes
on some already used lokta
what was i thinking?
so, here we go, again,
the intersection
between paper and textile and plant and mark...
i just tend to make a mess.
this is the table i am supposed to eat my meals upon.
supposed to.
so i will get myself back
to some planning. happy tuesday.


Sweetpea said...

... "a skein of women"
ooooh, Velma, I really do like that.

And at the moment,
your dining table looks 50% better than mine.
Best wishes for swell classes.


roz said...

happy flowers :0)

Jennifer said...

Love the phrase "skein of women" and the visions it conjures. Happy planning!

therese said...

please leave it all on the table....that's just my kinda meal.....i'll be over right away (wish) ....really wanted to get to the morgan for class w/ you....it will be wonder-full.

Velma Bolyard said...

christi, it's the scourge of table just needing to be used!
roz, you are the queen of flowers, my dear!
jennifer, thanks, i kinda liked it, too!
therese, i wish, too. would love to have you here, or there!

Chris said...

I appreciate your work process and all the love and thoughtful energy that you place in the planning of your workshops. I look forward to seeing you next week my dear.

Velma Bolyard said...

chris, thank you. really, really.

lotta said...

so exciting. can't wait for next week. xo.

Velma Bolyard said...

lotta, it will be fun!

Alice said...

Good juicy fibery mess. The best kind.

Velma Bolyard said...

alice, yes, except at mealtime! then it's another sort of fiber.

Anonymous said...

lovely lokta paper thread. I have an abundance of dark purple hollyhocks (and 1 pink) - freezing the blossoms for dyeing. I know your classes will be wonderful, have fun with Aimee

Mo Crow said...

love your wildy cord!

Velma Bolyard said...

jean, i'm coming over to dye soon, oh, you mean you're 3000 mile away? drat!
mc, i love that- "wildy cord"- a great name!

Fiona Dempster said...

How fascinating Velma. I'd love you to wander our block and see what you could find to make magic with! I'm sure next week will be a highlight and a time of wonder and discovery and lots of joy. Enjoy, go well.

Barry said...

Hi V - looks like you and the students will have a heap of fun. Loved the cordage and the notion of skein of women. Go well and enjoy. B

neki desu said...

love those pristine cuts

Velma Bolyard said...

neki, they do look nice.

Velma Bolyard said...

fiona, me, too.
barry, thanks for the good wishes

india flint said...

picturing all the stringmakers strung together like kindergarten children holding a knotted rope and snaking through the park on an outing

Velma Bolyard said...

india, beautiful image

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